Whilst out and about on our travels this last summer, (you know we never switch off!) we couldn’t help but notice that some of the hotels we visited were a little blasé about Fire Safety. This seemed to be more down to a lack of knowledge and inadequate training more than anything else, so we thought we would put together a few helpful fire safety tips for those in the hotel industry. To ensure you are complying with legislation, a professions risk assessment is advisable.
Fire Safety Tips for Hotels
- Fire Doors – Regular checks should be made to ensure that fire doors continue to close properly and that the escape routes are kept clear of any obstacles.
- Adequate Fire Awareness Training – It is a legal requirement for staff to have an adequate level of fire safety training
- Emergency Lighting – This must be tested regularly to ensure it is always in good working order.
- Correct Extinguisher Signs – If the wrong extinguisher is used, a small fire could easily become an inferno.
- Emergency Exit Signs – There must be enough signs to show people the way to quickly exit the building. They must also be clear and visible.
- Fire Extinguisher Servicing – Fire extinguishers should be serviced annually to ensure they are still functioning properly.
The responsibility for fire safety usually lies with the owner, occupier or employer, but they may also designate another ‘responsible person’.
“The responsible person, either on their own or with any other responsible person, must as far as is reasonably practical make sure that everyone on the premises, or nearby, can escape safely if there is a fire.” – Fire Safety Order 2005
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to all hotels, large or small and the owners and managers need to be aware of its contents. Failure to comply can result in legal action being taken, and huge fines to pay. One such hotel in Finchley was fined £260k for non-compliance in 2011 after a fire, due to defective fire doors, blocked escape routes and failure to have smoke alarms in some of the rooms.
One last thing to consider is making sure that anyone who works onsite, even if only temporarily, is also trained in Fire Safety. This includes agency staff, builders, cleaners and gardeners. The importance of keeping a fire door closed and not propping it open, for example, needs to be understood by all.
For full details of our online training courses, risk assessments and other Fire safety related services, please feel free to call us on 0330 6600264 or email [email protected] and one of the team will be happy to help.
Until next time…